Indiana's Best Fall Family Fun

Our state provides fun for the whole family year-round, but fall is a special time to get out and explore. Plan your fall family trip to one of these fun destinations.

Holiday World's Happy Halloween Weekends

Holiday World Halloween Weekend
452 E. Christmas Blvd.
Santa Claus, IN 47579
(877) 463-2645


Holiday World has been an epicenter of family fun in Indiana for generations. That tradition continues during weekends in October. This family-friendly special event includes many of the rides you love at Holiday World, plus lots of fun seasonal activities. We'll amaze you with our two corn mazes! We have a junior corn maze for the little ones and a huge corn maze for those who love a challenge. What else? The incredible Holidog's 3D Halloween Adventure in our Holiday Theater. Pop on your 3D glasses and help Holidog find his Halloween candy in this family-friendly walk-through adventure! Next, explore the new Mummy's Treasure Maze. Grab a scroll and travel through an ancient Egyptian labyrinth trying to solve the hieroglyphic code. Enjoy our animatronic pumpkin - Gourdon - with his Tales from the Patch in Gourdon's Hollow. And then, see and hear popular songs spookified on our stage in Graveyard Smash! Saturday nights will end with a Halloween-themed laser light show; both afternoons will include a costume dance party hosted by Kitty Claws. Hope you'll join us for this family-fun event!

Parke County Covered Bridge Festival

Parke County Covered Bridge Festival
401 E Ohio Street
Rockville, IN 47872
(765) 569-5226


The real lure of the festival isn't so much the covered bridges, but rather a far more strange culinary specialty known as buried beef. That's right, beef cooked underground! Marinating in its own juices, this succulent dish is a must-try. As one of Indiana's largest festivals, this one spreads throughout Parke County, concentrated in the hamlets which house some of the areas 31 covered bridges. Historic sites like the Bridgeton Mill enjoy the festivals other fall activities while vendors selling everything from candles and crafts to caramel apple slices, pumpkin ice cream to paintings and much more make this festival a shopping destination.

Haunted House

Children's Museum of Indianapolis
3000 N Meridian Sreet
Indianapolis, IN 46208
(317) 334-3322


Celebrate 50 years of fear with this Indianapolis institution. The museum's haunted house is the oldest continually operating haunted house in the US. Three levels of horror make this haunted house appropriate for 'fraidy cats and brave souls alike. Lights-On hours are suitable for even the smallest goblins, Frightening Hours are for those who like just the right amount of scare, and Xtreme Scream Fridays take terror to a whole new level. Pick your poison at this Indianapolis classic.

eXplore Brown County

Valley Branch Retreat
2620 Valley Brand Road
Nashville, IN 47448
(812) 988-7750


Regain your sense of adventure this fall at eXplore Brown County. Boasting 15 World Class Zip Lines, including the fastest, highest and longest in Indiana, this outdoor recreation mecca will have you sailing through the fall foliage. Play a game of capture the flag, paintball style, in the over 80 acres of wooded terrain, or take a guided ATV tour. At the end of the day, relive your family adventure on the porch of one of 10 rental cabins.

The Haunted Railroad & Fall Festival

Taltree Arboretum & Gardens
450 West 100 North
Valparaiso, IN 46385
(219) 465-0025


With skeleton conductors, ghost passengers, creepy-crawlies, and a host of other scary sights, Taltree Arboretum's Haunted Railroad packs a punch of friendly fright. Little ones will enjoy Sprout Express rides, children's haunted hayrides and crafts as part of this fall festival. Savory snacks like apple cider and kettle corn round out a the family fun at this beautiful nature preserve featuring an award-winning Railway Garden.

Mississinewa 1812

Mississinewa 1812
6000 County Road West
Marion, IN 46953
(765) 662-1809


The largest War of 1812 living history event in the nation, Mississinewa 1812, takes visitors back in time. Feel the fall air as you explore British and American military camps. Experience daily life by taking a tour of the British field, or witness ongoing demonstrations such as field drills, artillery firings, musket and rifle drills, battlefield medicine and surgery and reenactments. Also explore the Native American village, the largest reconstructed woodland Native American village in the United States. Storytellers captivate festival goers with enchanting tales. Visit the wilderness area to witness life along the rivers and streams in 1812 recreated in the longhunter, trapper, voyager and wilderness camps. Each camp features ongoing demonstrations of fire starting, open fire cooking and storytelling. Modern merchants also frequent the festival in Rivertown. More than 140 artisans delight visitors with their wares and demonstrations. Rivertown often offers reproductions of 1812 necessities and niceties. More than 20 food purveyors provide delicious foods that were frequent facets on the dinner table in 1812.

Feast of the Hunters Moon

Fort Quiatenon
129 S River Road
Lafayette, IN 46071
(765) 476-8411


Indiana was once dotted with the settlements of early-European trappers and hunters. The Feast of the Hunters Moon recreates the fall gathering of the French and the Native Americans that occurred annually at Fort Ouiatenon. Indiana owes much to its Native American heritage and this festival celebrates the rich heritage of friendship between these two peoples. Historical re-enactments, period clothing, and authentic foodstuffs make this event on the banks of the Wabash River a celebration like no other.

Headless Horseman

Conner Prairie
13400 Allisonville Road
Fishers, IN 46083
(317) 776-6006


The Headless Horseman leaves Sleepy Hallow behind to turn Conner Prairie into “Conner Scairie.” Families can brave a haunted hayride and the eerie soothsaying in the mystic tent. With food that is so delicious, even Ichabod Crane would stop for a gooey caramel apple, this annual event is a great family tradition in central Indiana. Guests will enjoy nightly thrills that include a haunted hayride, pumpkin bowling, a Legend of Sleepy Hollow marionette show, catapulting pumpkins and scary-o-ke singing. Several new events will be offered this year, including visits from Sammy Terry, an enthralling magician, nightly showings of Disney’s “Legend of Sleepy Hollow” film and a carnival games midway. S’mores can be made over a fire (additional cost) and there will even be the opportunity to taste sautéed insects!

Exploration Acres Corn Maze

Exploration Acres Corn Maze
6042 Newcastle Rd.
Lafayette, IN 47905
(765) 296-2863


You'll be "a-maized" at the size of Exploration Acres' Corn Maze, near Lafayette. At 18 acres, with over 8 miles of trails, it's the largest corn maze in northwest Indiana. Once you find your way out—if you ever do—check out the pumpkin patch, pony rides, gem mining, corn cannon, and more. Select evenings feature a haunted corn maze, Indiana Fields of Fear, for those seeking a ghoulish good time.

Whitewater Canal Scenic Byways

Whitewater Ccanal Scenic Byway
19067 US-52
Metamora, IN 47030
(765) 647-2541

Crossing through a number of scenic and historic Indiana counties, the Whitewater Canal Scenic Byway bridges the distance between the Ohio River and the National Road. Along this route, you'll find some of state's most authentic canal features.

In addition to locks, a working grist mill, historic home museums, and the operating Whitewater Valley Railroad Museum, the byway also offers outdoor opportunities from Brookville Lake to the Whitewater Canal Trail. Don't miss out on craft and antique shopping while you explore this enjoyable stretch of road.